This book is a fresh and engaging analysis of the city as acentral concept in contemporary social thought. It probes thecontested and negotiated ways in which cities are built,understood, lived and imagined. Taking a thematic approach anddrawing on a range of theoretical, methodological and empiricalpoints of reference, it examines such subjects as urban inequality,public space, creative cities, globalization, the night-timeeconomy, suburbia, and memory and emotion.
In The City Deborah Stevenson argues that, as theoriesand concepts shape what is known about cities and urban life, it isnecessary to build conceptual frameworks that engage with theintersections and tensions between urban processes and trends, aswell as with the complexities of everyday urban life.
This book’s combination of original insight and criticalsynthesis will make it an invaluable contribution for aninternational, interdisciplinary readership of students andscholars in sociology, geography, urban studies and wider socialscience and the humanities.
About the Author
Deborah Stevenson is Professor of Sociology and Urban Cultural Research in the Institute for Culture and Society at the University of Western Sydney.
Table of Contents
PrefaceChapter 1: Theoretical City: Concepts and FrameworksChapter 2: Material City: Economies and InequalitiesChapter 3: Everyday City: Diversity and PredictabilityChapter 4: Dark City: Regulation and StimulationChapter 5: Emotional City: Memory, Belief and PassionChapter 6: Global City: Hierarchies and the Urban‘Other'Chapter 7: Imagined City: Visions and BrandsChapter 8: Concepts of the City and BeyondBibliography